Sunday, 8 January 2012

Confiding KINGFISHER on Marsworth

Finally able to get out today, only the second time this year. I met up with a friend (Sheena) and we went round Marsworth, Startops and, briefly, Wilstone Reservoirs. The highlight was found by Sheena at Marsworth - a beautiful COMMON KINGFISHER perched in the reeds on the water's edge, no more than 20 metres from the main path, SW corner (record shot attached). Also present, a Common Snipe. A handful of Fieldfare were in the area. A pair of Great Crested Grebe were beginning courtship displays! SNOW BUNTING still present and confiding on Startops. DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE with Canadas in field NE of Wilstone Reservoir. Distant and probable Linnet flock (30+) mobile around reeds/mud right of the hide (didn't have my scope to confirm species) (Lucy Flower birding)

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